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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-19 Journal photo by Gordon Weeks Painter Robert Kamin, a sixth-generation Mason County resident, leads a painting class Monday at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union. He recently founded the group The Hood's Canal Artist Haven to promote fine art training in Mason County. A haven for county artists Union painter offers three-day workshops at Alderbrook By GORDON WEEKS gordon@masoncoun com Art museum excursions inspired Robert Ka- rain's love for realistic yet romantic landscape paintings in the Hudson River School style. The Union painter is passing along those skills in his drawing and painting classes at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa and the Alder- brook Golf & Country Club. Starting next month, his newly formed The Hood's Canal Artist Haven is offering three-day art work- shops at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa. Kamin is a sixth-generation Mason County resident who grew up in the Skokomish Val- ley. He graduated from Shelton High School in 1999, and studied English at Saint Martin's College. He earned his teaching certification from Seattle Pacific University. Kamin said that after he got married in 2004, he started touring art museums and was inspired by the works. He studied drawing and painting at the GAGE Academy of Art in Seattle. Kamin says he fell in love with the style of the Hudson River School, a mid-19th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism. The Hudson River School landscapes are characterized by their realistic and detailed portrayals of na- ture. see ARTIST, page A-28 BUSINESS BRIEFS What's the buzz? Come see bee sanctuary speaker I spent a half-hour in my garden picking those delicious knobby-juicy-red and succulent raspber- ries just before start- ing this article. It was very relaxing. This was my first picking of the year and I can tell I haven't watered them enough, so the sprinkler is going. I find it amazing that in February and March I weed them pretty well and now those young big leaf maples are taller than my raspberries. I'm going to have to spend more time in the berry patch. The Harstine Island Garden Club will revert to evening meetings starting with its July 10 meeting. The meeting will By MIKE CALLAGHAN start at 7 p.m. The club's guest speaker will be Heather Wood from the Urban Evergreen Bee Sanctuary?The 501(c)(3) nonprofit's goal is to see a bee hive in every gar- den. They build the hives and distribute them to those who want one. They started with a small grant and use sus- tainable wood for their basic materials, which costs about $70. There is no charge for a hive, but they do ask for donations. Come and hear about their project and you, too, might want a home for our endangered bees. You can find Urban Evergreen Bee Sanctu- ary on Facebook. Oh, that senior lunch group -- they don't let this beautiful summer weather stop them from cooking. On July 9, they will be serving pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans and sherbet. Then on July 23, they will be cooking a taco lasagna with a green salad and bar cookies. They serve food at noon, but get there early because they usu- ally have about 100 people for lunch. All who are ages 50 and older and their guests are welcome. A $3 donation for this fabulous lunch would be nice. A couple of pinochle groups play each week at the com- munity hall. They are always looking for new players. The group that usually meets on the first and third Saturday of the month will not meet July 5. The Harstine Island Theatre Club is presenting "A Slice of Harstine Island Theatre Club." To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the community hall and the 30th anniversary of the theater club, the show is a collection of snippets, both live and video, from previous produc- tions. Included will be a John Cooper radio play and a "Gus and Mavis" skit written by Pat Dunlap. The group will be paying tribute to Shirl Conway Larson and other founders of the club. Long-time members Fred Burgdorf and Vikki Voss are organizing the produc- tion. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on July 5 and 3 p.m. on July 6. On both days, the doors will open an hour before curtain and attendees will be able to purchase beer, wine and soft drinks before the play. Tickets are $7 and available at Olympic Bakery, Fresh Start Market & Deli and Sage Book Store. If you haven't been to our farmers market, you need to get there because there are just some great vendors. Here are three more: Michelle Mott-Azzola and Randy Azzola of Sky Moon Nursery have lived on the is- land for 19 years. They have been selling at the market for three years and they try to be there every Saturday. They sell mainly plants to beautify your home and plants that you can grow to eat. see HARSTINE, page A-24